Our Mission is to promote the preservation and protection of historic structures and sites through education, involvement, and public and private investment.
Since its founding in 1977, Historic Tyler has promoted the preservation and appreciation of Tyler’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action. Historic Tyler is dedicated to the preservation, revitalization, and continued use of Tyler’s historic resources. Membership in Historic Tyler helps ensure that historic preservation has a voice in Tyler’s future economic and cultural development. The ability to deliver our precious historic past for generations is in your hands now. Your donations and support of Historic Tyler, Inc. are greatly appreciated. With your help we can lay a cornerstone for tomorrow.
The 2018 Preservation Award
Congratulations Mark A. Thacker on receiving the 2018 Preservation Award!
Mark Thacker is a preservationist who has had a great impact in Tyler, Smith County, and many other areas in Texas. He has worked diligently, and with passion for the preservation and renovation of historic homes, buildings and sites.
This year’s award winner has contributed his time, talent and efforts to many of Tyler’s treasures; Camp Ford, the Oakwood Cemetery, and the Mayfair Building, to name just a few. He is a member of Historic Tyler, Inc, and Smith County Historical Society.
He is a member of American Institute of Architects. His firm provides professional architecture and historic preservation services. His practice emphasizes preservation planning, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures throughout Central and East Texas including house museums, commercial and civic buildings and private residences. Currently, among other projects, he is restoring a 1900’s era farmhouse to be a Historical Museum in Freestone County.
He is married to Dana. They have two daughters Elizabeth and Sarah….and soon to be son-in-law, Justin, and step-son Preston.
Tyler’s heritage is disappearing. Landmarks such as the 1909 Smith County Courthouse, the Blackstone Hotel, the Fire Station, and numerous historic residential dwellings no longer exist. All have fallen victim to the wrecking ball or have decayed from neglect. Others are endangered. Why? A lack of funds to undertake proper preservation measures. It is vital that we preserve Tyler’s past for future generations. This legacy will be lost without intervention.
The concerns that Historic Tyler addresses are shared by all Tylerites, not just those who live in older neighborhoods or who own historic properties. Urban revitalization and economic diversification, defense of neighborhood integrity and authenticity of place, preservation of green space and protection of historic resources are among the most critical issues we face. We are making a positive impact on quality of life throughout Tyler.